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A 38-year-old member asked:

What would be considered safer (overall) - ritalin (methylphenidate) or adderall?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peri Suzan Gunay
Pediatrics 36 years experience
ADD med safety: Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (dexamphetamine) have comparable safety profiles, however Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) may have slightly more risk of side effects (appetite, sleep, anxiety). In the absence of underlying heart problems, or family hx of early cardiac deaths there should be no heart issues, but if used your doctor should check your blood pressure and heart rate periodically.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
No difference: There is no significant difference between the two medications in terms of safety.

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A 17-year-old male asked:

Which is safer ritalin (methylphenidate) or Adderall ?(of course if prescribed by a doctor). And which one is more effective ?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Different for...: ...Different people. For some, vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) works best.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How are ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall different?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Activity: The area of the CNS they work on is slightly different.We are not very skilled at presaging that difference.We usually try one and gauge improvement.

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